Pratt Nature Center's Happy Hour Book Club

Strengthening your connection to the natural world can leave you smarter, happier and healthier.

January's Book Selection

January’s Title: In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara

August Meeting: Wednesday, 1/29 @ 6:00 pm

From the publisher:

Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species.

It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. It freed our hands and freed our minds. We put one foot in front of the other without thinking – yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us? In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds.

In Praise of Walking celebrates this miraculous ability. Incredibly, it is a skill that has its evolutionary origins millions of years ago, under the sea. And the latest research is only now revealing how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanical magic of balancing, navigating a crowded city, or running our inner GPS system.

Walking is good for our muscles and posture; it helps to protect and repair organs, and can slow or turn back the ageing of our brains. With our minds in motion we think more creatively, our mood improves and stress levels fall. Walking together to achieve a shared purpose is also a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species.

As our lives become increasingly sedentary, we risk all this. We must start walking again, whether it’s up a mountain, down to the parkor simply to school and work. We, and our societies, will be better for it

This won't be your average book club.

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00ish for a lively conversation sure to make you think and maybe even inspire. Each month’s book will help shine some light on all the different ways we connect to the natural world. From hiking to wellness to farming, physics, plants and who knows what else, there will be something for everyone. And if a particular title isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. We’ll see you for the next one!

It wouldn’t be Happy Hour without food and drink, though. Each meeting is BYOB but we’ll provide some light snacks.

But that’s not all. Each month, we’ll also try to send out links to optional podcasts, articles and videos that compliment our book choice to give you even more to consider. When we can, we’ll also feature guest speakers that will help frame our reading within a local perspective.

Come treat yourself to an hour of great ideas and conversation!

Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults.  A suggested $5 donation is appreciated when attending meetings to help cover the cost of delicious snacks

Click here to register for Happy Hour Book Club

I’ve registered but where do I get the book?

The Bank Street Book Nook, our local, independent book store here in New Milford, is a great resource as well as with the amazing New Milford Public Library.  If you’re having trouble finding the book, just let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

Bank Street Book Nook

New Milford Public Library

Wondering what we’ve read? Want to catch up?

February: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

March: Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

April: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May: Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D.

June: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

July: Slime by Ruth Kassinger

August/September: Our Symphony with Animals by Dr. Aysha Akhtar

October: The Fate of Food by Amanda Little

November/December: A little break

January: In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara